Reports that Damascus prevented OPCW from entering Syria are false - Lavrov

Reports that Damascus prevented OPCW from entering Syria are false - Lavrov

Reports that Damascus prevented OPCW from entering Syria are false - Lavrov

Mr Lavrov said: "God forbid anything adventurous will be done in Syria following the Libyan and Iraqi experience". Now, I hope, no one will gamble on embarking on such a risky venture.

In a reference to the US, he said that it "it would only benefit those who are protected by the ocean and expect to sit there and engage in continuous efforts to stir up the region in order to advance their geopolitical goals".

It comes as the United States and other European allies are considering a military attack in Syria. Both the Russian military and the Syrian government said they would facilitate the mission and ensure the inspectors' security.

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Russia's ambassador to the United States warned that there would be consequences for the US-led military strikes, adding that it was not acceptable to insult Russia's President.

Several NGOs, including the White Helmets, confirmed that chemical weapons were used in the Eastern Ghouta area on April 7.

Russia's foreign minister claimed on Friday that a suspected chemical attack in the Syrian town of Douma last weekend was staged with the help of an unspecified foreign intelligence agency.

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Russian Federation said that the Western powers "cynically" carried out military action hours before a team from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was set to begin an investigation into the suspected chemical weapons attack in the town of Douma in Eastern Ghouta that sparked the intervention by the USA and its allies. "That is why there is a good reason to believe that the objective of the attack on the Syrian Arab Republic was to obstruct the work of the OPCW inspectors", the ministry's statement says. He went on saying that the West's only justification of its strikes against Syria are reports from media and social networks. The Russian military said its chemical experts visited Douma shortly after the alleged attack and found no trace of chemical agents in ground samples.

"We are interested in meeting experts there to carry out necessary tests".

However, the Observatory says the facilities were evacuated by the Syrian government days before. We had been following up the situation literally minute by minute.

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The head of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, after meeting with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, noted that Russia's participation is necessary to resolve the conflict in Syria.

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